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Snapchat gets rid of rising sun flag geofilter following the controversy surrounding Tiffany?

By jubilantj   Wednesday, August 17, 2016   112,969   8,319   136



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Tiffany's usage of the Japanese flag emoticon and Snapchat's rising sun geofilter on Korea's independence day is still causing a much-heated debate and buzz, especially among Korean netizens and in the media. 

SEE ALSO: Tiffany under fire for using the Japanese flag emoticon + rising sun flag on Korea's Independence Day

One netizen in particular has even sent an email to the team at Snapchat, requesting the removal of the rising sun geofilter. The netizen wrote on an online forum, "Yesterday, I saw the problematic Snapchat filter used by Tiffany and got so angry that I directly emailed Snapchat's support team seeking rectification. I got a response from them not too long ago. Snapchat is aware of the situation and they informed me that they removed the rising sun filter which has caused such an issue. Now you won't be able to use it even if you want to!"

The OP also shared a screen capture of the correspondence with Snapchat in the post, showing that the Snapchat support team has taken note of the recent controversy and has since removed the filter. 

Do you think the controversy warranted a response from Snapchat and the removal of the rising sun filter in its entirety? 

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kks2 Thursday, August 18, 2016

For those that think this is Korea being selfish, how ignorant are you? THAT FLAG IS NOT THE JAP FLAG BY ITSELF, If it was just the Japanese flag or any other cultural representation of Japan, Koreans would not care. THE RISING SUN FLAG on the OTHER HAND is a representation of TORTURE/SLAVERY/WAR/MURDER committed by Japan. Nothing else. FFS.

amarei kks2 Thursday, August 18, 2016

Educate yourself that this flag does not only mean torture/slavery/war/murder. They use this flag still and they used this flag before the imperialism of korea. You do not see Chinese people complaining and they were subjected to the same, i.e. The Rape of Nanking. The Vietnamese people could claim the same on the US flag, the US committed these same atrocities during the Vietnam War on innocent civilians.

808b kks2 Friday, August 19, 2016

ugh i hate politics

bleh234 amarei Wednesday, August 24, 2016

are you actually retarded, do you live under a rock? japan has caused a lot of controversies that sparked rage not only in korea but A LOT as well from China. Yes you are right, wars happen, many countries were involved one way or another for inflicting harm on other countries. but this specific flag represents the imperialist history of japan, and japan supposedly "changed" from their gruesome imperialistic past by officially disregarding this flag and adopting a new one. the flag represents the imperialist japan and nothing more, it belongs to a museum and should never be used again. also, just because other countries may have caused similar problems too, CANNOT JUSTIFY japanese endorsement of this flag. THIS IS JUST FLAG IS SYMBOL OF WAR AND CRUELTY, ITS ASIAN SWASTIKA. AS MUCH AS PEOPLE VIEW SWASTIKA AS SYMBOL OF MURDER OF 6 MILLION JEWS, THEY SHOULD VIEW THIS FLAG THE SAME WAY TOO.

amarei bleh234 Thursday, August 25, 2016

It does not represent the imperialist history of Japan. The rising sun flag has been used before 1870 and is still used today by their maritime and ground self defense force. Please go brush up on history and stop being ignorant. The swastika was only used during Hitler's reign. Buddhists use the same symbol but rotated in their religion, are you going to demand that Buddhists should stop using that too? Like I said you don't see Chinese people complaining to this extent like Koreans. I am Chinese and especially the older generation still hold a grudge but they have never complained to this extent. If this happened in the Chinese community the older generation would tsk that the younger Chinese generation are ignorant of history and that would be the end of it.

bleh234 amarei Sunday, August 28, 2016

Firstly, you keep talking about what the Chinese people stand on this issue. So? Who the fuck are you to tell the Korean people what to feel towards the Korean people? And by the looks of it there are shitton, most if not all, MAINLAND Chinese people who jump on the issues of "Hating JApan fad" on online forums. You speak very good English and if i may assume i suppose you do not have much cultural connection with the Chinese people, and trust me, I have a lot of mainland chinese friends from the age of 15 to 19 and they all hate Japan, similar if not more than the Korean people, it's just American Chinese people like that do not give flying fuck on sensitive issues like this. Also you talk of history and you are right. But it was during the 1870s that the JApan began to arm themselves to start war against Russia China and Korea. Alright, let me take a step back and say historically this flag has been used way before than the Edo period. You're dismissing people for feeling offended by a symbol which, whether you like it or not and regardless of prior history, stands for unspeakable atrocities done to their people and country. As for Japan turning it around, why then the refusal to apologize? Why the distortion of their history? If they have truly completely turned it around, the symbol might start to become less offensive, but since they refuse to apologize and they distort their history, they hinder positive progress between the two countries. You seriously lack of sympathy and empathy. if you can't put yourself in others' shoes in sensitive issues like this, please shut the fuck up about it.

808b bleh234 Sunday, August 28, 2016

He has right to his opinions. Koreans, stop telling people to shut the fuck up, Chinese young people do hate Japanese people. It's part of the patriotic education to hate them. Brainwashing you could call it, but effective. That flag wasn't intended to symbol cruelty but it did accompany cruelty for a period of time, just like the Japanese race. Putting the controversy of that flag aside, Tiffany being a Korean american, is no way doing this intentionally to promote that flag. Since she apologized and promised to study korean history in the future, I suggest you to learn how to forgive an unintentional mistake. This is a matter of two countries, not a problem an idol should be involved in.

bleh234 808b Sunday, August 28, 2016

He has right to his opinions, but at what cost? Without truly understanding the deep rooted emotional, historical and cultural problems between Korea and Japan, his comments are insensitive. If i may use an analogy his comments are almost as if i'm telling you: "your mom got raped by some random stranger dude. so what? move on and get over it". I really appreciate a lot of people appreciating the Kpop fad. However as foreigners you do not understand all these complex issues. and whether you are Chinese or your country experienced similar atrocities Korea went through, you still do not have a say who's wrong and who's right and when to "get over it". The wounds are still here, it's merely been only few decades, it does take time to heal both the Japanese wrong doings and the emotional damage. Whether you think we are still "stuck ups" it was still the Japanese who did the wrongs and you have absolutely zero rights to tell us to "forgive". Also this is another thing about Tiffany. Yes she is American by nationality, but she has Korean blood and she was in Korea doing her work over a decade by now. Korean independence day (which was a day after Tiffany posted the snap filter) is hugely celebrated in Korea; you must be blind as a bat or living under a rock to know this if you're working/living in Korea. There's appropriate time and places for everything and to be brutally honest if she had this thing called brain or logic, she wouldn't had had made this mistake. Yes it was a mistake, but it can't be neglected. As a person enjoying stardom and millions looking up to her her influence is unfathomable. Ignorance is not a sin but she deserved criticism. TLDR: if you do not know the complex issues in Korea, as foreigners, either really look into the issues in Korea or just shut up, as your ignorant comments that you deem logical are just purely insensitive and defacing.

808b bleh234 Monday, August 29, 2016


bleh234 808b Tuesday, August 30, 2016

sorry buddy, it was in response to the guy you endorsed's comments as well. but wow. barely anyone cares about her now in korea anymore so don't you worry, your princess tiffany isn't under heavy attack now. meanwhile i suggest you get a real life girlfriend instead of kissing an ass of someone who you'd never see in real life. cheers

kks2 amarei Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It doesn't matter how the flag was used before Imperial Japan. What matters is that once it was used and paraded around whilst carrying out mass murders, it becomes a sensitive topic and a cultural issue in the country that suffered. Is parading the imperial flag more important than understanding people's feelings towards it? Why not use any other Japanese flag? Why constantly remind Koreans of how their parents or grandparents were murdered/raped/tortured not long ago? the Japanese have their rights to use the imperial flag however they want in their country but in Korea, it is a culturally sensitive issue and to ignore that is just considered rude. Yes Tiffany may have made a mistake and I don't believe she should receive that hate because she has apologised. But saying that Koreans can't be sensitive about this issue at all is just ignoring history.

juanpcchicken Thursday, August 18, 2016

wow that's mighty selfish for koreans to react like this.

kks2 juanpcchicken Thursday, August 18, 2016

How is it selfish? Why not use any other Japanese symbol? Why do they have to constantly use the flag they paraded around and one that is SYMBOLIC of killing/torturing/raping innocent lives?

juanpcchicken kks2 Thursday, August 18, 2016

well you're right about that.

peladocarlos kks2 Friday, August 19, 2016

As I said before, this flag means a lot more than just a flag for those countries who suffer the crimes of war-time with Japan. For almost any other country in the world is just the flag for Imperial Japan and nothing more... Also, as somenone said, chinese people, i.e. those from Nanking, could be complainig about the same but they are not.

kks2 peladocarlos Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Who are non-Koreans to say how Koreans should react towards a culturally sensitive topic in their history? As you said, it may mean different things for different countries but it also means something in Korean history, it is a sensitive issue.

tyneexxx Thursday, August 18, 2016

why would snapchat remove it?? what about JAPAN.. they only care about Korea

kks2 tyneexxx Thursday, August 18, 2016

Educate yourself on what the rising sun actually means. Japan using it for "culture/tradition" is being more selfish. Instead of considering what that flag represented whilst they killed innocent lives during imperial Japan.

delolo Thursday, August 18, 2016

People can be so hypocritical specially netizens. Tiffany and all the idols who have ever been critizised for using the flag of japan have never taken sides on regards to political situations of japan or korea. She just used the flag because she was having a concert in japan, she was actually in japan at the moment. Korean music industry is mainly popular because of countries such as Japan and China. Idols take home lots and lots of money from activities in japan. Girls' generation has build their succes in Japan because they wouldn't be profitable selling tickets only in the korean market wich is just too small. K-pop depends on the Asian market outside of Korea. So now if they feel so offended by her just for using the flag then just stop sending Idols to Japan, noone ever felt offended by the millions of dollars brought home to korea from Japan. Does she really need to feel apologetical for the things that happened years before she was even born? Well, she does but only for the bad timing. She shouldn't be sorry for what she is beeing accused; of beeing on the side of japan regarding the imperialism. So well done netizen, you played yourselves again overanalyzing, and overreacting to small stuff. I dont kno why I am even surprised by this Is the same people who think that idols are in love and having a hidden relationship because they were seen wearing a bracelet in the same hand (not even the same bracelet) then they call them "love bracelets". The same people who feel offended by idols dating, but not for the rest of society. I bet most well-grounded koreans are also sick of these kinds of hypocritical scrutiny over Idols. The poor people must be sick of these kinds of news specially when they have a lot of reall issues that really deserve the attention.

federick Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Did they remove it in Korea only?

peladocarlos federick Wednesday, August 17, 2016

No, hey removed it from the app itself.

most_like Wednesday, August 17, 2016

why is it removed? japanese can't use it anymore. snapchat is so dumb

peladocarlos most_like Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NO ONE in the world could use it now... Just because the Snapchat staff doesn't want to be involved in a scandal because of a filter.

MeBeingAbi most_like Thursday, August 18, 2016

They'd probably just introduce a new filter. Seriously it's the (some of the) Koreans fault. Honestly don't even know how more childish this can get. Instead of trying to make peace and good friends with Japan, all they do is start new wars v.v

kpoplover_1 Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I don't see the huge deal , i mean yea she made a mistake and she apologized for it but with the instagram post , tiffany always does that when she travels . You can look for yourself on her feed when she went to italy she posted several photos and the caption containing the italian flag . On her snapchat when she went there . she accidentally used the wrong flag in a picture where she said she arrived , and obviously fans commented about it because she then added another snap saying she's really sorry and that she got it mixed . Tiffany isn't even my bias in snsd but i think she is a really good person with a kind heart she doesn't deserve all this hate

xricax kpoplover_1 Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Finally, someone who understands me. I mean, yes, I know about the history, cause my country was one of the country that suffered from Japan imperialism. I hate the people that did that not the whole Japan. She already apologized and the thought of her losing her positivity makes me sad and I'm not even a Sone.

delolo kpoplover_1 Thursday, August 18, 2016

This people are over-reacting. It is not like if she said that imperialism was OK. Also I dont see anyone complainig or being nationalistic when Girls' generation brings millions of dollars to korea from their activities in japan or when idols attract japanese investment in korea.

bleh234 kpoplover_1 Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Well here's the deal. she's in Korea, making money. KOREA. if you didn't realize, there are still a lot of resentment from korea towards japan for denying their atrocities and endorsing their imperialistic acts. The fact that some Japanese still use this flag is one of the causes of this tension. Though she's american and all, she lived in Korea for 10 years; it's something that anyone, even small kids, know about how sensitive things are between korea and japan when they've lived in korea for quite a while. and yeah, she brings in money, but in the process she's making millions as well under the KOREAN band's name. there's this thing called being a guest and being aware of the situation of the country you are guest in.

lomlsuga Wednesday, August 17, 2016

the thing about this geotag is that it was only available in japan, where the rising sun flag is currently still in use (for example, by the japanese navy/maritime forces). it's a hard one to compare to nazi symbols, because those are regarded with the same contempt everywhere, especially where they were mostly used (germany, austria, poland) while the rising sun flag is only considered to be offensive in the countries who were most directly affected by japanese imperialism and war crimes (namely china and korea), since japan has been very reluctant to admit their fault in a great deal of those crimes. therefore, it is difficult, in my opinion, to say whether or not the filter should've been there in the first place or not, considering it only really existed in japan...

peladocarlos lomlsuga Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I live in Argentina, at the other side of the world, and the rising sun flag is used on many things just to reminds of Japan and for us it didn't have any controversial meaning, perhaps like you said, maybe it is a delicate matter to the countries that suffer the Japan war crimes but not to everyone in the world, therefore, no one in Snapchat staff thoguht that using it for a geofilter could create such a mess.

iisstf28 Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Good, they should have never had it in the first place, but at least they corrected their careless mistake.

chichuu Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Finally, something positive comes from this issue. I'm actually relieved that this geofilter is gone. It's only sad that something like this had to happen, and Tiffany and some of her fans had to suffer, for this to be changed. It shouldn't even be there in the first place.

amarei chichuu Thursday, August 18, 2016

I disagree this flag is still being used in Japan and it does not only represent Japanese imperialism. This is their history. It would be like saying that the US should destroy and never use their old flags because we killed native Americans in the US to claim their land. Or what about during the Vietnam War where American soldiers committed all sorts of crimes including rape, torture, and murder of innocents?

chichuu amarei Thursday, August 18, 2016

I can't comment on Us's story, considering that I know nothing about it. But I'm aware that Japan uses this flag for many other things nowadays and nobody is taking it away from Japaneses though, they are just preventing more issues like this to happen, because eventually in this case, this can only be negative to both countries.

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